Today, the major part of the value of a company - on average over 80% - consists of intangible assets. Patents are among the "most tangibles among the intangibles": they can be borrowed, sold, licensed, for example. Companies use them to protect innovations from imitation and as a strategic instrument to keep competitors out of the market or to ensure a strategic balance of power.

Accordingly, patents also allow a deep insight into the R&D activities of companies and reveal much about the planned future and potential capabilities. However, this requires a quality measurement or, even better, a value assessment in order to obtain reliable information. The sustainability efforts of companies can also be supported, substantiated or questioned with patent value analyses.

Our Patent-Insider-Blog compiles interesting information, tips, news and hints extracted from patent values for you.


How strong do R&D expenses correlate to patent portfolio values?

Especially Quantitative Analysts from banks, investment companies or financial services providers are looking for uncorrelated, alternative data, especially when it comes to assess technical values and the potential of technical companies. The extent to which patent values are a more meaningful and independent indicator in contrast to RnD expenses was published in a recently published White Paper by InTraCoM GmbH. In the analysis, the R&D expenditures of companies were considered and ranked. The result is a list of stock-listed companies and their R&D expenditure in relation to their total assets. In a second analysis, the same companies were examined with respect to their patent portfolio

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